Earthworms for 2 week old chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mcf3kids, May 25, 2011.

  1. mcf3kids

    mcf3kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it ok to give 2 week old chicks earthworms (with grit available)? I gave my 23 gals some yesterday and later in the day one was acting ill. I isolated it last night and sadly today it died. Wondering if it has anything to do with giving them earthworms yesterday. They all ate them and this one was the only one that got ill. Thanks for any insight on this.
     
  2. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    I personally wouldn't. Earthworms can carry gapeworm. I stick with mealworms.
     
  3. mcf3kids

    mcf3kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you I just read a bit on gapeworm - which I had never heard of. I thought they ate earthworms when they free range and didn't realize that they can carry illness [​IMG]. I am hoping to keep them free of medication. Thanks for the info - atleast I know to stop bringing them those for treats. [​IMG] Do you think feeding them those yesterday could cause one to die within 18 hours? [​IMG]
     
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    No, I highly doubt it. Unless the worm was lodged in the throat and suffocates. I'm not sure how easily they can get gapeworm from the worm, I will never chance it.
     
  5. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Besides the risk of gapeworm, my chicks and hens have never been fans of earthworms. I will move a water dish and see several but the chickens just ignore them and go after the real treats that I bring. Apparently they know whats good for them!
     

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